Over the past few years, I have signed up for online courses, watched videos, listened to Podcasts and attended talks. But my biggest learning experience has been through my PLN (Personal Learning Network).
A PLN is an informal global network of people that you personally choose to interact with online and share knowledge with. I have created my own personal learning network on multiple social media channels, become part of a Mastermind group and have found learning opportunities through many experts around the world.
For those of you that are interested in creating a PLN you might have been creating one already and not even have known it. How many of you are part of a Facebook group, chat daily on Twitter, connect on Linkedin and create & share Pinterest boards? Well some of these groups, boards and Twitter conversations are actually part of your PLN.
Now don't get me wrong, some Facebook groups are not PLN's like the local group on Facebook for selling or swapping things, but I do have groups that I am part of around specific topics or interests. Here are some examples of my own PLN's:
These are examples of my personal PLN, you now have an opportunity to create your own individual PLN around your own interest, whether it is photography, business, marketing or furniture making.
For me being a connected learner has been my greatest learning experience, I can't tell you how many times people have taught me something new or have given me advice, ideas and most of all have helped save me from wasting a ton of time on ideas that just weren't good.
As seen in my list above, there are plenty of networks to connect on, just try not to overwhelm yourself and do them all.
How do you learn best? Please leave a comment below and share a success story on a great self-learning experience that you have had?